On September 13, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died following her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothes”.
On September 13, 2022, Mahsa Amini, visiting Tehran with her family, was controlled by the morality police, a special police unit, responsible for controlling the clothing of its population in line with the values of the Islamic Republic of Iran. , including the wearing of the veil in public. According to the Tehran police, the young woman was arrested with other women because she contravened the established rules and to receive “instructions” at the station. According to Iranian media IranWire, the police told her brother, Kiarash, that she was going to be taken to the police station and that she would be released after an hour of “re-education class”. The young Iranian’s brother went to the station, he told reporters that he then “heard screams” coming from the police station. Kiarash, as the Iranian media also clarified. And to add that as he left the station, he heard many women say “that a person was killed inside”. After being beaten by the police, the young woman’s brother said he saw an ambulance leaving the police station.
For the Iranian police, Mahsa Amini “suddenly suffered from a heart problem (…) she was immediately transported to the hospital”. The young woman spent three days in a coma. The Iranian police defend themselves by saying “there was no physical contact” between them and the police officers. A version strongly contested by his family and many demonstrators.
The death of Mahsa Amini creates strong protests
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has since called for an investigation. This announcement did not calm the anger of part of the population hit by the circumstances of the death. Protests have escalated in Iran since the death of Masha Amini. On social networks appear many images of women removing their hijabs, a crime in Iran since the Islamic revolution of 1979. New demonstrations took place on Sunday September 18 and this Monday September 19 in Tehran and Mashhad. The Tasnim agency also indicates that students have launched protest movements in universities in the Iranian capital to obtain answers on the suspicious death of Masha Amini.
These protests are suppressed by the Iranian regime. NetBlocks, an organization monitoring web flows all over the world indicate via Twitter a major Internet shutdown has been recorded in Tehran […] with real-time network data showing connectivity at 67% of ordinary levels.” in the towns of Saqqez and Sanandaj at least 38 people were injured by fire and charges from security forces.”
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned in a press release the arrest and the violence which led to the death of Masha Amini calling for a “transparent investigation to shed full light on the circumstances of this tragedy”.
Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif has expressed concern over the death in custody of the young woman held by Iran’s morality police. She also added that “the authorities must stop targeting, harassing and detaining women who do not respect the rules of hijab”. More surprisingly, an Iranian deputy, Jalal Rashidi Koochi, criticized this “morals police”. “Gasht-e Ershad (orientation patrol) does not achieve any results, except to cause damage to the country,” he told the ISNA news agency.